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Holbeck and Stourton

Various scenes on ex-LMS lines, shown chronologoically, beginning with Stourton. I took pictures here myself but they are under "Own photos".

Several railways to Leeds approached from the south and the ex-LMS lines had three different ones. My focus this time is the former Midland Railway route which passed between Stourton and Holbeck. In between lay Hunslet and miles of yards and sidings and, at each end, an engine shed. Holbeck was primarily a shed for Leeds City station and populated by passenger and mixed traffic types. Stourton was smaller and mainly goods locos were stabled there.

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An extract from the 1966 1" map of south Leeds with Holbeck shed 55A in the top LH corner and Stourton 55B in the lower RH corner. The two stations, Leeds City and Leeds Central, were just above the top left corner. The yards at Hunslet can be seen just right of centre, those at Stourton to the lower right. Source: Ordnance Survey.

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Stourton

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Many ex-LMS 4Fs were allocated to Stourton and used for local and transfer trips and, as seen here, with a load of empty coal wagons. Stourton's No 43931 is seen taking the avoiding between Hunslet and the Settle & Carlisle at Whitehall Junction. Code J lights are being carried (mineral or empty wagon train). The year was 1961 and while all-steel mineral wagons had been built in large numbers, wooden wagons were still in service and three 7-plank ones can be seen behind the tender.

Eventually, when Leeds Central was closed, the line from King's Cross was redirected into Leeds City via this junction. Photo: G.W. Morrison

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One of Stourton's 4Fs, No 44686, basks in a wintry sun in the shed yard. Photo: T. Spindler, author's collection.

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Another wintry view in 1964 as Thompson B1 No 61327, allocated to Sheffield, Tinsley (41A), runs off the goods line onto the main with a Code 5 express freight (50% wagons with AVB). The destination could have been a yard at Hunslet or Neville Hill. Photo: T. Spindler, author's collection.

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A view by the sidings between Hunslet and Stourton with spring in the air, but also a lot of clag from "Austerity" No 90451 as it struggles to get away with a Code 7 loose-coupled express mineral train. It was a Goole (50D) loco. Photo: T. Spindler, author's collection.

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